Best brownie? Of course! First brownies? Well, not so fast.

best browniesAt Fairytale Brownies, we’re confident that when you order brownies from us, you’ll receive the best brownies out there.

That said, we’ll readily admit that our brownies weren’t the first brownies out there. After all, we didn’t start baking brownies until 1992.

Mental Floss, a magazine dedicated to random facts and trivia, recently provided some of the back story on the world’s first brownies. Alas, identifying the inventor of any dessert dish can be a challenge. It’s not like patents are involved. So, the magazine offered up three scenarios:

1) An unknown chef was making biscuits and mixed in melted chocolate by accident. Either that or he was baking a cake and ran out of flour. We think the ambiguity alone is enough to discredit this theory.

2) A housewife in Bangor, Maine, was baking a chocolate cake and forgot to add baking powder. That seems a bit more plausible to us, but it doesn’t explain how brownies gained popularity outside her kitchen.

3) Chefs at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel...

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Get gourmet cookies delivered with your coffee – not in your coffee

gourmet cookies deliveredWould you rather have gourmet cookies delivered with your coffee or gourmet cookies delivered in your coffee?

It seems three of the world’s largest coffee retailers are trying to duplicate the success of the Pumpkin Spice Latte by following up that fall tradition with a new winter specialty: cookie-flavored coffee. According to the Boston Globe, there will be four new cookie coffees released by Caribou Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Starbucks.

Caribou Coffee recently released its Gingersnap Cookie Mocha which includes hints of ginger, allspice, and clove.

Starbucks’ new Chestnut Praline Latte is espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices topped off with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs. It’s the first new holiday drink from Starbucks in years.

Not to be outdone, Dunkin’ Donuts is releasing two cookie-flavored drinks. Topped with red and green sugar, the Sugar Cookie Latte emulates the taste of frosted cookies. Meanwhile, the Snickerdoodle Cookie Latte mixes...

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Send those college students some sugar!

It is finals time! Many college students are hitting the books hard, preparing for finals before taking their holiday break. I can recall those college finals weeks, well sort of.  It was more of a haze of cramming and caffeine than anything, and longing for the fun of holiday break.

If you have a student away at college, send them a little pre-holiday treat from Fairytale Brownies. The sugar will do them good and they will be reminded that they are so close to coming home to family, friends and festivities.

Kristine from Portland, Oregon sent some to her college student. She said, “A friend received these as a gift and shared at work. Delicious! Can't wait for my University of Oregon son to get them for Finals Week! -- I work at Portland State University so I know college kids. --This is a great item to send your college kid. Quick, easy, affordable, and nothing says I love you like brownies!”

We have many occasions to choose from, including Christmas, Holiday, and Celebrate the Season Gi...

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Ditch the guilt and share a fudgy chocolate brownie gift with a friend

fudgy chocolate brownie giftThe Journal of Consumer Research recently released a study that contains great news for lovers of fudgy chocolate brownies worldwide.

It turns out that when you ask a friend to share a dessert – as opposed to each of you picking your own – it reduces your friend’s guilt by removing the burden of choice. Or, in the words of technology magazine Ars Technica:

“Normally, people do not enjoy being forced to do something. People also do not enjoy the guilt that comes with doing something that is bad for them. Surprisingly, these two wrongs seem to make a right: when people are compelled to engage in vices, they feel better than when they freely choose the vice for themselves.”

Huzzah!

In honor of this new research, we’d like to remind you that we have three brownie gifts wrapped in wintry bands inscribed with seasonal messages that are fit for sharing this holiday season. Whether you want to say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, or Celebrate the Season, Fairytale Brownies has you covered.

So, share a...

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Fairytale Brownies donates to help those in need this Thanksgiving

Fairytale Brownies participated in their 2nd Annual Canned Food Drive and partnered with 102.5 KNIX Radio Station in Phoenix to be part of the Million Can Crusade. This charity event helps feed those in need by filling the empty shelves of  St. Vincent de Paul's Food Bank. 

I am proud to report that Fairytale Brownies team members generously donated nearly 700 cans this year! I'm so grateful to work with such giving people! I would like to personally thank everyone who took the time to donate to such a wonderful cause!

As of this post, the people of Arizona donated a total of 1,468,153 cans!

Here is a photo of me and Barrel Boy from KNIX Radio Station who collected the cans on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul. I was pleased that Barrel Boy remembered me from last year (see my post here). As I approached him, he shouted, "Hey, here comes the Fairytale Brownies lady!" I did give him a bag of brownies as a thank you for standing in the cold all day in a barrel; he claims it's all in a...

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BizRate Platinum "Circle of Excellence" 2014 Winners

Every year BizRate Insights (a division of Connexity and one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the United States) recognizes retailers who receive outstanding online customer satisfaction scores throughout a one-year period as rated by millions of verified online buyers. Fairytale Brownies has won this prestigious award for the past twelve consecutive years. What makes this award so special is that it is based on real customer feedback. Additionally, this year (2014) Fairytale Brownies placed in the Platinum Award category. The Platinum Award in awarded to retailers that not only achieve winner status, but also earn a score of at least 9 out of 10 in all seven key satisfaction areas reviewed for the award. Among the factors taking into consideration to be named a BizRate Circle of Excellence winner are:

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Product Selection
  • Ease of Finding
  • Repurchase Intent
  • On-time Delivery
  • Product Met Expectations
  • Customer Support

To see what...

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Sweet Treats Are a Must at Every Wedding Reception

There's something about a wedding. Whether an extravagant affair or a simple civil ceremony, the romance of it all warms my heart.

gourmet browniesAlthough the celebration after the vows also can be extravagant or simple, one fact remains:. Something sweet ALWAYS is served. Cake, cupcakes, pie, candy, cookies, fudge brownies - as the official dessert or a gift favor takeaway, a sweet treat is required.

A good friend of mine in the Midwest was married this past summer.

gourmet brownies

Although I couldn't make it to her bridal shower, I sent her a gift and some fudge brownies with her engagement photo on it to use as a keepsake box.

After receiving the gift, she remembered that our bite-sized Magic Morsels are wrapped in purple foil - the color of her bridesmaids' dresses! The Morsels would be a perfect fit as table favors for her reception.

She ordered them in bulk in a variety of flavors.

The Magic Morsels gourmet brownies were such a hit, that several people approached the mother of the bride with news that they spotted...

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Is the Dunkin’ Buddy the best cookie gift ever?

It’s rare, but it happens. Some transcendent innovations are just destined to change life as we know it. The wheel. The cotton gin. Sliced bread. You get it.

And, now, we can add the Dunkin’ Buddy to that short list … at least among those who believe that the best cookies are dunked cookies.

Gizmodo summed it up perfectly: “The Dunkin' Buddy is a simple tool that lets you completely submerge a couple of cookies in milk, without soaking your fingers. Using a magnet, it connects a cookie-holding tray to a handle on the outside of the glass, so your hands stay dry while you dunk.”

Brilliant!

According to their website, the Dunkin’ Buddy team is still working out the logistics of manufacturing for their patent-pending innovation. That’s too bad, because we think it’d be the perfect holiday pairing with cookie gifts from Fairytale Brownies.

In fact, with Cyber Monday upon us, we could see folks pairing the Dunkin’ Buddy with cookie gifts in Christmas bands or Holiday bands this year.

So, here’s a...

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Send A Brownie Birthday Surprise When You Can't Be There to Celebrate

ship browniesWhen my children were young, people used to tell me to enjoy every minute with them - even the "stressful" ones - because they would grow up too quickly. I couldn't imagine my three little boys ever growing up. I figured I would be forever stepping on stray Lego pieces, and finding rubber balls and Matchbox cars stuffed in the oddest places.

But time does go by, and children do grow up. My "baby" is turning 21 next week! 

Although we won't be together to celebrate this year, I will ship brownies to him so that he can celebrate with friends at school. Fairytale's Birthday Surprise is a fun little party in a box - and I can choose his favorite flavors (Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Caramel, Original, Cream Cheese).

Maybe I'll send a few toy cars as well to remind him of the "old" days.

 

 

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Patriotic brownie gifts for Veterans Day

At Fairytale Brownies, we’re serious about supporting our troops. That’s why we send 10 brownie gifts as soldier care packages to U.S. service members worldwide every month through Soldier’s Angels.

Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population. Veterans Day is a powerful reminder of the need for organizations like Soldiers’ Angels.

We invite you to join Soldiers’ Angels in supporting our veterans and active soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors at home and overseas. We offer a variety of brownie gifts wrapped in patriotic bands starting as low as $28.95. 

A Fairytale Brownies fan in Austin, Texas, is particularly fond of sending our Patriotic Sprite 24 brownie gift as soldier care packages.

Reviewing under the online name “Military Supporter”, the fan wrote:  "I love sending these brownies to our...

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